Urban Refuge News

Meet Our New Church Integrator

Kenya Mejia is our new Church Integrator! She feels blessed by the opportunity to serve the pastoral team with project implementation so that they 1) have more time to care for their people and 2) are able to realize the projects the Spirit is leading them towards. She has attended the Urban Refuge for two years now and has been a part of Small Groups, the Harmony Team, and MTTC. She is excited to start helping, so feel free to say hello and ask her any questions about volunteering and events.  Questions? Contact her at kenya@theurbanrefuge.com.


Fall Series!

September 10-December 17. Throughout the Scriptures, God urges us to remember... but remember what? Life’s tensions can cause painful memories to rush in and we soon forget Jesus, his love, his ways, and his purposes. We lose sight, get side-tracked, stuck, and sometimes feel paralyzed with how to move forward in life. What we remember matters and profoundly influences our lives. Join us we explore living in God-centered remembrance that leads us to a life filled with hope, joy, faith, freedom, power and love.

Disciples Change the World

Panel Discussion on Race Relations in the Church

Sunday, October 29, 5:00-7:00 PM, Minneapolis Central Church of Christ (1922 4th Ave North Minneapolis). Pastor Andy has been invited to join a discussion panel at the Twin Cities Discipleship Conference. Come and listen as the panel discusses solutions and steps toward eradicating racism from the body of Christ. Join other disciples from across the metro to be encouraged and edified as we all seek to better follow Jesus. Questions? Contact Andy Gray at andy@theurbanrefuge.com.

Women’s “Me, too” Prayer

Sunday, October 22, immediately after the service, Upstairs Corner Conference Room (this is the corner room upstairs behind the Harmony Room). The Urban Refuge desires to be a safe place for the vulnerability and healing in Christ. In light of the social media #metoo campaign, we would like to be available for compassionate listening and confidential prayer to women who have been victims of sexual harassment or assault. If you are a woman who would like to talk to or pray with someone from the women's ministry, please join us. You can also reach out via email at women@theurbanrefuge.com.

International Day of Prayer


Sunday, November 12, 11:30 AM-12:00 PM, Sanctuary. Join us to write letters and pray for our brothers and sisters who are in prison for their faith. Questions? Contact Eric Polson at Isaiah58ster@gmail.com.

In Africa, North Korea, China, India, the Philippines, and other nations, Christians face worship restrictions, public humiliation, and social isolation. Many encounter violence; some face death. Church buildings are burned and vandalized. The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is charged with raising awareness of such circumstances and lifting the most pressing instances of global persecution up in prayer.

Houston Still Has A Problem

Hurricane Harvey Relief

The winds have calmed, the rains have passed, and the news cycle has moved on. But the damage inflicted on Houston remains. Our hearts have been stirred to help the Houston area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

For the month of October, we will be collecting funds to purchase a car for a chosen family. For every $8,000 raised, we can help one family. Checks can be made out to The Urban Refuge with the memo Harvey Relief. We encourage you to challenge others to join us in this effort to do for one family what we wish we could do for all. Questions? Contact Kenya Mejia ar kenya@theurbanrefuge.com. 

Sign Up for Email Newsletter Email

Have you ever tossed out the program on Sunday and later wish you hadn't when you can't remember the details for the event you wanted to attend? As we seek to improve the way we communicate events and information, we encourage you to sign up for our weekly online newsletter. Go HERE. Questions? Contact Kenya Mejia at kenya@theurbanrefuge.com.

Fill-Their-Plate-Packing Sessions

Come pack life sustaining meals to be sent to those in need. Great for individuals or a group. Multiple sessions per month. Sign-up at filltheirplate.org. Questions? Contact Meghan Touchet at 763-412-8141.



The Urban Refuge Women's Ministry OPEN Facebook Page can be found HERE. There you will find out (and be reminded of) all of the women's news and happenings at The Urban Refuge. Like us, Follow us!


The Urban Refuge Jewels Group page is the PRIVATE Facebook group for any current women attendees of the Urban Refuge to share their lives, ask for prayer, needs, etc. It can be found HERE.  Admission by permission only.

Urban Refuge Street Team

Outreach to the Twin Cities

First Saturdays-Each Month, 11:20 AM-1:30 PM, Meet at Urban. Does your heart burn within you when you're with Jesus? Would you like to go throughout the Twin Cities and rely on His power to open the scriptures to people you meet on the street? If God's Spirit is nudging you, come along and share His greatness with those who are willing to listen. We go out the 1st Saturday of each month. Questions? Contact Oscar Womack III at 612-860-4165 or oscarwomackiii@gmail.com.

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39.


Would you like to help serve?

Scripture tells us that God has given each one of us a spiritual gift unique to the needs within His church body. Thus, if He has led you here, then He has given you a gift to use in support of His work here. With that confidence, join us in bringing praise to Him by making a difference in our community and within our church family. Pick up an Engage brochure from the Welcome Table or view the info HERE and find a ministry that interests you and contact one of the leaders. We’d love it if you were to join us.

Multi-location News

Northlands’ Leadership Training

Saturday,  November 4, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, The Urban Refuge (5501 Chicago Avenue, South Minneapolis). Small Group & Ministry Leaders! - You're invited to our next "Northlands’ Leadership Training."

“Loving Better”

Speaker:  Pastor Mark Darling

It is critical to the health of our church, marriages and relationships that we LOVE BETTER.  God created us to connect deeply, not only with Him, but to other people.  We all have a longing to be loved and to be understood.  However, many Christian leaders have not developed the emotional ability, or skills to connect deeply with others. We have missed out on the power of compassion and this has adversely affected our ability to emotionally connect and deepen our intimacy with others.

At this seminar, you'll learn how to:

If we grow in our ability to connect emotionally to people, then our impact on others will be richer and greater!  Truly, this is valuable Small Group & Ministry Leader content!

Our Association Newsletters

Christianity in Action

Evergreen, The Rock & The Urban Refuge are part of an association called Great Commission Churches. Periodically during the year, they produce newsletters with information about the the churches and missions that GCC is involved with. This month, they have published the International Edition. Go HERE for a good read!


Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 PM, Evergreen-Bloomington, Gym. Have you ever been curious about how ‘martial arts’ can be Christian and biblically based? We train students in the physical, mental, and spiritual character traits to be successful in life and their walk with Christ. All ages 7 years old and older (adults included) are welcome. For more information contact Steve Mohror at steveandalicemohror@gmail.com or 612-729-6123.

UR Fit

Join us for some faith-based fitness fun! Classes include a wide variety of different styles of group fitness including circuit training, kickboxing, cardio drumming and Zumba. Drop-ins of all fitness levels are always welcome and there is no fee. We will focus each class on a verse or devotion and end each time with stretching and prayer. It's more than just a workout, it's great fellowship too! Questions? Contact Crystal Vander Heiden at crystalvandy@gmail.com or 952-687-1217.

(Check the calendar HERE in case of cancellations)




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